As CEO of Courageous Leadership, Brooke Deterline and her colleagues help boards, executives and teams develop the understanding and skills to act with ethical courage and ingenuity to overcome complex and challenging business problems under pressure. She combines social and cognitive psychology and a strategic focus with a passion for leadership, collaboration, inclusion, and impact.Brooke is a former journalist at SmartMoney magazine and a trained mediator. Her talks and workshops are highly interactive and engaging. They provide groups with research-based tools and practice that build relationships; surface individual and systemic dynamics that interfere with ethical courage and wise action; and, create patterns that support long-term creativity, well-being and success. Brooke is a TEDx speaker and a HuffPo Blogger on Courageous Leadership.


Why Courageous Leadership?

Courageous Leadership provides teams with the understanding and research-based tools to thrive together under pressure. Using social science research and a cognitive behavioral model called Social Fitness Training™, individuals learn to retrain their thinking and behavioral patterns to ensure values-based action, collaboration and ingenuity under pressure.


Our Experience?
Healthcare                                          Inclusion Initiatives                        Executive Forums

Boards of Directors                            Chief Ethics Officers                      Government Agencies

Human Resources                             Financial Services                          Technology Companies

Higher Learning Institutions               Social Enterprise & Non-Profits      Foundations            

Environmental Advocacy Groups       Ethics Organizations


What Topics Does Brooke Address?


Ethics Achieve the awareness, skills and social support to help ensure ethically courageous and wise individual and team action under pressure. 


Team Building for Collaboration and Organizational Resilience Build Socially Fit™ teams to increase competence, collaboration, morale and organizational resilience. Similar to athletes, teams learn to leverage stress and adrenaline in challenging times to improve performance through new mindsets, increased collaboration, and social support.  


Risk Management Ensure that teams have the required awareness and skills to consistently act with ethical courage under pressure.  This circumvents the often-invisible social dynamics that lead to small and large-scale scandals, and significant loss of human and organizational value.


Empowering an Inclusive Workforce Identify unconscious bias and social influences that can inhibit full engagement from diverse teams to honor and empower all voices and communication styles.


Stress Management Learn to leverage stress and adrenaline to improve performance, increase competence and collaboration, and improve well-being.


Develop The Power of Courageous Leadership Develop ethically courageous leaders who are trusted, respected and effective by ensuring that they have the skills to act in accord with their values while under pressure and inspire the best in others.


Women in Leadership Understand the unique opportunities and challenges facing women in leadership. Empower women with the understanding and skills to positively and powerfully influence teams and organizations. Safeguard against invisible and negative situational influences. Help raise team and organizational awareness of unconscious bias and patterns that hinder the greatest engagement and collaboration.



Who Are Our Clients?




Kaiser Permanente

The Hewlett Foundation

                                            Young President’s Organization  



MIT’s Sloan School     



Australian Government   



Columbia University Medical Center



The Omidyar Network       



CCARE at Stanford University


Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance      


Kimberly Clark Corporation


Spectranetics Corporation



California Institute of Integral Studies                  



The Robert Toigo Foundation                   



Post Carbon Institute



Impact HUB Oakland


                                                                                                          ...and more!

What Are People Saying about Brooke Deterline & Courageous Leadership?


“Armed with tools from Courageous Leadership, I began to expand my capacity to apply personal values in situations where I formerly coasted through on mental auto-pilot.” 

                         Luke, Toigo Participant


“Conducting ‘social flight simulations’ of challenging organizational situations was one of the most significant experiences of my professional career. It gave me the opportunity to confront - head-on - some issues that have been both stressful to me, and without a clear solution to the organization. The program has changed the way I see challenging situations to where I actually welcome them as a source of team and organizational learning and growth." 

                           Clint, CEO Participant


”Immediate utility! I left for a meeting during the session and was immediately able to apply supportive statements and question my negative thoughts in a director-level one-on-one.  I want to die with gratitude.  The examples that were drawn out were great.“

                           Stephen, Google Participant


“I really enjoyed the presentation. It was informative, resourceful and motivating. I feel I will definitely use these tools in the future.”

                      Unnamed, Omidyar Participant 








As the Chief Curriculum Officer of Courageous Leadership, Dr. Henderson  is translating her Social Fitness Training ™, a cognitive behavioral model developed over 25 years, into structured exercises that facilitate skillful courageous conversations in stressful situations. Role-plays at moderate levels of stress/anxiety open the way to skillful and courageous action rather than avoidance in challenging situations and build strong social trust and support. Other exercises include mindfulness, perspective taking, gratitude, empathy, fostering a growth mindset, compassion and forgiveness that facilitate compassion for the self and others while engaging in the ongoing process of courageous conversations and actions.


What Topics Does Lynne Address?


Social Fitness Training TM in the Workplace Learn how Dr. Lynne Henderson's evidence-based cognitive-behavioral model, called Social Fitness Training TM, can help transform what people do in stressful, challenging situations into courageous actions that enhance group collaboration and support the creation of adaptive leadership in the workplace.


The Power of Compassion-Focused Techniques in Business and in Healthcare Discover how compassion-focused techniques are an integral part of helping people to act in accord with their values - particularly in business and healthcare, two industries where social influences unwittingly affect behavior and increase the risk of scandals, misconduct, and missed opportunities.





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